Sobey seals it with a kick

Joseph Bulmer

WREY Arms took advantage of Lynton’s slip to go two points clear at the top of the Intermediate One table with four games in hand.

The Wrey were 2-1 winners in the Barnstaple derby with Sporting Barum at Rock Park.

Craig Smith put the new leaders one-up with a neat finish before Sporting equalised from the spot through Ben Walters.

It took a free kick from recent signing Adam Sobey to seal the win for the Wrey but the margin could have been far bigger had it not been for the fine form of Sporting goalkeeper Mark Dorman.

Lynton were beaten 3-2 in the early kick-off at Woolsery Reserves.

Equalizers extended their unbeaten run to five games with a 4-2 win at third-placed Ilfracombe Town Thirds.

Phil Norman scored a hat-trick, his first since joining the club, but the pick of the Equalizer goals was a right foot volley by Matt Hawkins from the edge of the box.

Northam Lions Reserves scored all of their goals in the first half of their 5-0 win against Landkey. Matt Cloak grabbed two and there were singles for Cosmo Ayres, Charlie Harding and Joe Cann.

In Intermediate Two, Barnstaple FC enacted revenge on neighbours Fremington with a 5-2 win. Connor Nash scored a hat-trick and Stuart McKinnon added two as Barum banished the memory of December’s 5-1 defeat.

Fremington’s slip means they are now on level points with title rivals Northside Atlantic, who have two games in hand. Northside crushed North Molton Thirds 9-0 with goals by Carl Armstrong (2), Junior Santos, Lee Childs, Keiran Hodge, Nick Blight and a 30-minute hat-trick by substitute Vinny Bott.

Pilton Academicals Reserves trailed 2-0 with five minutes to go in their game at Bradworthy. But the Accies showed true fighting spirit to rescue a point with late goals by Darren Wood and Adam Smith.

The club would like to wish fellow battler Matthew “Patch” Dellar well for his forthcoming third tour of Afghanistan.

Bratton Fleming saw off Chittlehampton Reserves with a 6-2 win. Chris Nichol, Andrew Kellaway and Damian Green fired the hosts into a 3-0 half-time lead but Chittle’ played well to pull the scores back to 3-2. Maurice Charley scored Bratton’s fourth, Kevin Balman bagged his first for the club and Mark Bithell returned from injury to settle the scoring.

Stephen Heard and Alan Pennington scored for Hartland Reserves in a 3-2 home defeat to Braunton Fourths on Saturday. Heard was on target again the following day, this time in a 3-2 win against Northam Lions Thirds. Phil Pennington and Mark Colwill also scored for Hartland, while Ashley Short grabbed both goals for the Lions.

At the bottom of the table, AFC Anchor grabbed all three points with a 2-0 win against fellow strugglers South Molton Reserves.